Sometimes, the irony in Trump’s statements are just unbelievable. He’ll contract himself and the people who support him and go onto Sunday news talk shows to defend him. He’ll call out Democrats and news outlets who say things about Trump that match the exact same things he’s always said about them. He accuses everyone else of things that he’s done himself. In a prime moment of pure irony, he also called into Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Thursday night to rail about investigations into the president and how they’re treasonous. Seriously.
Trump Absurdly Claims Russia Investigation Was 'Treason' in First Interview Since Mueller Hearings https://t.co/pvsglAOSyv
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) July 26, 2019
The same man who put Obama through years of birtherism, insisting that he was an illegitimate president who was born in Kenya (he was born in Hawaii, but being born to an American citizen while she was in Kenya would not have disqualified him from holding the presidency. John McCain, who he ran against in the 2008 elections, was born in Panama), and the same man who talked up the 10 separate Republican-led investigations into Benghazi against Hillary Clinton and President Obama, suddenly believes that investigations into the president are unfair, punishable by death, and a “catastrophe” for the country.
Sean Hannity, for his part, never reminded Trump that he was calling into the same network who called for a million different investigations into Obama, called him a socialist and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist, and a criminal.
‘This should never happen to another president of the United States again,” thundered Trump. “This is an absolute catastrophe for our country. This was a fake witch hunt, and it should never be allowed to happen to another president again. This was treason, this was high crimes, this was everything as bad a definition as you want to come up with, this should never be allowed to happen to our country again.’
Here’s what Mueller said:
➡️ Russia interfered in our election to help Trump.
➡️ Russians made numerous contacts with the campaign.
➡️ Campaign welcomed their help.
➡️ No one reported these contacts or interference to FBI.
➡️ They lied to cover it up. pic.twitter.com/ePAjUkfMlo
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 24, 2019
Like most things, Trump has no idea what he’s talking about. “Treason” is not criticizing the president or Congress conducting oversight; in fact, that’s their job according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s no doubt that when Trump leaves office and a Democratic president is in the White House, he’ll change his mind about investigations. In the 2020 elections, in fact, he’ll call for investigations into everyone, including President Obama, who is a private citizen now.
U.S. law defines treason as:
‘Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding anyoffice under the United States.’
@AriMelber and Mother Jones’ David Corn's examine iconic moments from Mueller’s testimony and analyze a new claim from Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow. https://t.co/h6mrbY0dPp
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 26, 2019
Trump has been on a non-stop rant since Mueller’s testimony was first scheduled. It’s obvious that he’s spooked by it, and it’s easy to see why. Mueller’s report detailed 10 separate instances of Trump attempting to obstruct justice, which is a crime, as well as all the help the Trump campaign got from the Kremlin and how eager they were to accept it. Meanwhile, absolutely no one reported the crime of cyber hacking that they knew Russia was committing.
This exchange during Mueller’s testimony was particularly damning:
thank you for coming here, you’re a patriot. I want to refer you now to Volume 2, page 158. You wrote that quote, “the president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or exceed to his request? “Is that right?
That is accurate, and that is what we found.
In page 158, White House Counsel Don McGahn, quote “did not tell the acting attorney general that the special counsel must be removed, but was instead prepared to resign over the president’s orders.” You also explained that an attempt to obstruct justice does not have to succeed to be a crime, right?
Simply attempting to obstruct justice can be a crime, correct?
Even Republicans have to call BS on Trump’s ‘total exoneration’ claim about the Mueller probe pic.twitter.com/3pK8GJdxQf
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 25, 2019
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